IJSSH 2014 Vol.4(1): 54-59 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2014.V4.318

From Exclusive to Common Village: Steeltown, before and after the Collapse of National Steel Corporation, Iligan City, Philippines

Xandelyn Racel B. Reyes, Celyn J. Teatro, Annalou C. Dimantaga, and Froumilyn L. Ochea
Abstract—National Steel Corporation popularly abbreviated as NSC was once the pride of the Philippines for its dream of fully industrializing the country and making it a tiger economy. Organized in 1974, NSC bestowed economic prosperity to Iligan City. NSC’s prosperity was the brainchild of the establishment of Steeltown Subdivision in 1987, an exclusive village for NSC employees. With NSC in operation, the village gained prominence in Iligan City. NSC employees manifested distinction from the rest of working class in Iligan City and village created uproar in Iligan City. But in 1995, the sun finally set on NSC, after its privatization, it was start of the troubled years of the company, accompanied with financial problems, mismanagement, and Asian financial crisis, etc., NSC ceased operation in 1999. The closure came as a surprise and brought distress to employees and to Steeltown subdivision. The company’s demise was the beginning of social and economic decay of the village. This paper narrates the dramatic transformation of Steeltown Subdivision from being an exclusive to common village. It aims to share moral values and lessons that can be glimpsed out of people’s experience involved in the study.

Index Terms—Collapse, industrialization, national steel corporation, steeltown subdivision.

The authors are with the History Department, Mindanao State University- Iligan Institute of Technology, Iligan City, Philippines (e-mail: xandelynracelreyes@y7mail.com).

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Cite:Xandelyn Racel B. Reyes, Celyn J. Teatro, Annalou C. Dimantaga, and Froumilyn L. Ochea, "From Exclusive to Common Village: Steeltown, before and after the Collapse of National Steel Corporation, Iligan City, Philippines," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 54-59, 2014.

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